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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Della feel about the security at the station where Paul and the others have been stopped?
2. Why do the gangs around the embobbled tenement building help Wili?
3. Wili dedicates himself to studying what topic?
4. How does Della goad Kaladze?
5. Why does Wili decide to take Mike to Paul's home?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Wili's assessment of the situation with Mike and Della?
2. What happens during Della's attack on the pass?
3. How are Wili and the others able to approach closer to the enclave?
4. How does Della and Mike's relationship change while they are at Kaladze's camp?
5. How is Wili able to move safely through the dangerous neighborhoods around the embobbled tenement building?
6. What important bobbles does Paul say are due to collapse soon?
7. How does Wili manipulate Della and Mike while they are at the demonstration of the power generator?
8. What is Renaissance?
9. How do Wili's abilities compare to Paul's?
10. How does Mike feel about losing Jeremy inside the bobble at the bioscience lab?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Paul recognizes quickly that Wili has a deep love of knowledge, a trait that connects them, and which allows Wili's capabilities to grow rapidly under Paul's tutelage. This passion is a critical element of the story and plays an important role in the denouement.
1) Explain how Paul recognizes Wili's love for knowledge, and why this trait interests him.
2) Discuss the impact of this trait on Wili's development and studies; explain how it positions him to take over for Paul later in the novel.
3) Describe some of the other characters and groups who share this trait, and discuss how they are presented in the novel. Is a love of knowledge presented as a universal good, a mixed good, or in a neutral light?
4) Explain the importance some characters predict, near the end of the novel, that the love of knowledge will have.
Essay Topic 2
Kaladze is an important leader, and as a powerful independent force, both the Tinkers and the Authority attempt to maneuver him to their advantage.
1) Describe Kaladze as a character and a leader. Describe the nature of his settlement and the forces that he controls.
2) Discuss the interest Kaladze has in the conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority and how he initially sides himself. Explain how Paul and others are able to influence him to support the Tinkers' side.
3) Explain Della's attempts to manipulate Kaladze on behalf of the Authority. How does she attempt to control his actions, and what does she hope to cause him to do? Explain how successful Della's plan is.
Essay Topic 3
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
This section contains 989 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)